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Vegas Market Announces Design Award Winner

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Las Vegas Market announced that leading e- commerce innovator The Grommet will be honored with the second annual “Design Influencer of the Year” award at the 2018 Housewares Design Awards, on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at Las Vegas Market. Joanne Domeniconi, The Grommet’s Co-founder and Chief Discovery Officer, will accept the Award. “Las Vegas Market is pleased and proud to host the 13th Housewares Design Awards and to recognize The Grommet for its leadership position as Design Influencer of the Year,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift Leasing and Chief Marketing Officer, International Market Centers. “We feel that The Grommet, which started as a unique product launch program for inventors and entrepreneurs, has evolved to become a powerful retail and merchandising platform. The Grommet’s community of makers, retailers and consumers represents the spirit of the Housewares Design Awards, which reward design innovation and product function. Additionally, The Grommet’s recent acquisition by Ace Hardware makes the company’s mission– and message – even more influential to the buying and selling process.” Founded in 2008 by Domeniconi and Jules Pieri, co-founder and chief executive officer, The Grommet is a curated, online media platform for launching innovative consumer products created by makers, inventors, and entrepreneurs. The Grommet has helped to discover and launch dozens of products that have become household brand names, including SodaStream, FitBit, IdeaPaint, OtterBox and SimpliSafe. To date, The Grommet has launched more than 2,500 consumer products and has amassed a community of more than 3.5 million early adopters and supporters. More than 200 of these innovative consumer products have been exhibited at the Las Vegas Market since 2014, and the company expects to showcase some 75 products at the winter 2018 edition. The next step in the company’s evolution will be fueled by the relationship with Ace, which acquired a majority stake in The Grommet in October. Ace Hardware and The Grommet first began working together in 2016 as part of a collaboration to bring new, unique and otherwise undiscovered products from independent makers into select Ace stores. The combination of Ace’s expansive supply chain and network of 5,034 stores, along with The Grommet’s innovative product discovery platform, will provide artisans, entrepreneurs, inventors and other innovators a powerful path to meaningful growth. “The Grommet has often been called a ‘general store for innovation,’ and we are delighted and extremely gratified to be recognized with this prestigious award,” said Domeniconi, who currently guides the discovery of emerging consumer products in 16 different industries at The Grommet, including housewares, gifts, consumer electronics, hardware, toys, pet products, beauty, fitness, outdoor and apparel. “Our mission has always been to help local businesses, entrepreneurs and independent makers thrive, and we are excited about being able to extend that mission through our new relationship with Ace Hardware Corp. The spirit behind our makers and entrepreneurs is very much at the heart of Ace, with its stores being independently owned and operated by local entrepreneurs.” The “Design Influencer of the Year” honor was added to the Housewares Design Awards in 2017 to recognize an individual or organization for exceptional design or design influence. The 2017 inaugural Housewares Design Award recipient in Las Vegas was West Elm LOCAL. Las Vegas Market is presenting the 2018 edition of the Housewares Design Awards as part of a continuing partnership with...

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Vegas Market Honors Frank Gehry

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Frank Gehry, an internationally acclaimed architect and Pritzker Prize recipient, has been named as the 2018 Design Icon by Las Vegas Market. As the head of Gehry Partners LLP, a full-service firm with broad international experience in academic, commercial, museum, performance and residential projects, Gehry has redefined architecture in numerous cities all over the world and continues to shape contemporary commercial and residential landscapes. “Frank Gehry is indeed a design icon in every sense of the word,” said Robert J. Maricich, chief executive officer for International Market Centers. “His buildings have taken architectural boundaries to new levels, encouraging professionals and the public to rethink any preconceived limitations about what architectural design can be.” The centerpiece of programming at Las Vegas Winter Market, the Design Icon Award honors an architect or interior designer who has made a significant contribution to the industry throughout their career. Now in its 12th year, the Design Icon Award seeks to both highlight the achievements of exemplary design and architectural professionals and to offer Las Vegas Market attendees an opportunity to connect with and learn from living legends. Many of Gehry’s buildings are architectural landmarks across the globe and include: Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, Calif.; Neuer Zollhof, Dusseldorf, Germany; Chiat/Day Complex, Venice, Calif.; Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany; Olympic Fish Pavilion, Barcelona, Spain; Dancing House, Prague, Czech Republic; Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain; and the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health that opened on May 21, 2010, in Las Vegas. Officially the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, The Ruvo Center is a national resource for research, education, prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and represents a collaboration between Larry Ruvo, who lost his father, Lou, to Alzheimer’s, and Gehry, a longtime champion of Huntington ’s disease research. Today, the 60,000+- square-foot Ruvo Center includes examination rooms, offices for health care professionals and researchers, a community auditorium and is the headquarters for Keep Memory Alive foundation, the Las Vegas Alzheimer’s Association and the Las Vegas Parkinson’s Disease Association. “I told Frank that I was going to put his celebrity and talent to use to help cure chronic brain diseases,” Ruvo said in a 2011 interview with Architect Magazine. “For me, architecture was a necessary marketing tool. We wanted a statement that would show we were serious about curing a disease and would let the doctors know we were not underfunded.” The 2017 Design Icon presentation will take place on Tuesday, January 30, at 3 p.m. in the WorldView Room, 16th floor, Building B. The event will include an overview of Gehry’s work and a Q&A session with Maricich. Admission to the presentation is free and open to Las Vegas Market attendees. For more information, go to

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Vegas Market Expands Home Furnishings Exhibitor List

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Las Vegas Market announced that it will welcome some 60+ new and returning better home décor suppliers to the Winter 2018 Las Vegas Market, January 28-February 1, 2018. Nearly a dozen better home décor vendors will open new and expanded showrooms and more than 50 home décor temporary exhibitors will debut or return to the newly-expanded Pavilions at Las Vegas Market. “Las Vegas Market is experiencing unprecedented levels of demand among leading suppliers of better home décor, and as a result, many showrooms and temporary exhibition spaces have been expanded and realigned to create logical category clusters and cohesive concentrations of design-driven resources,” said Julie Messner, Senior Vice President of Furniture and Home Décor Leasing, International Market Centers. “The home décor category is expected to be one of the highlights of Winter Market, with more than 1.1 million square feet of resources presented on 13 showroom floors in Buildings A, B and C, along with temporary exhibitions in the Pavilions at Las Vegas Market. As the leading furniture, home decor and gift destination in the western United States, Las Vegas Market continues to attract new resources, expand current offerings and refine the presentation of upscale home décor to better fulfill the needs of retailers and designers.” Winter Market newcomers to C3, C4 and Salon West on C5 include: A. Sanoma (blown glass and accessories) in 850 square feet on C5; Akara Rugs (floor coverings) in 2,165 square feet on C3; and Crown Linen Designs (fine linens) in 978 square feet on C5. Additionally, two current C5 tenants – Fab Funky (whimsical art prints) and Mitchell Black (designer wall décor, home fragrances and candles) – are relocating and opening new showrooms on the floor. This activity bolsters an existing assortment of 110 permanent better home décor showrooms with nearly 200 lines across market. Select floors in Buildings A and B – including the year-round Las Vegas Design Center on floors A1 and A2 – also feature a host of new and expanding home accent supplier showrooms. New-to-Market resources include: Bashian (luxury rugs) in 4,336 square feet on B3; Casamotion Glass & Lighting Corp. in 1,705 square feet on B3; Unbelievable Mats (floor coverings) in 1,506 square feet on A4; and Worldwide Lighting Corporation in 3,527 square feet on A4. Expanding resources include ZUO Modern (furniture & home décor), in a new 9,321 square foot showroom on A4. In addition to new and expanding showrooms, home décor temporary exhibits also continue to grow, with the opening of a new third Pavilion at Winter Las Vegas Market. In line with this expansion, Pavilion 2 now will be the primary destination for all home décor-related temporary exhibits –HOME, DESIGN HOME and DISCOVERIES: Antiquities – as well as the first-ever co- location of Artexpo Las Vegas. HOME showcases a concentration of accent décor, accent furniture, textiles, linens, and decorative accessories in 12,800 square feet. Key growth categories this winter are artificial and preserved botanicals, lighting, wall décor and home textiles. New, returning and expanding exhibitors in these categories are: Petal and Plume, Replica Plants + Décor and T&C Floral Company (botanicals); Continental Home, DesigneMode and newcomer Fuder Lighting (lighting); Airon, LLC, Leonard Collection & Custom Framing, Metal Magic, O’Keefe Prints, Picture King, StarLeads Solution LLC and West of The Wind Designs (wall art); and Earth Rugs,...

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Loloi To Open Showroom At Dallas Market Center

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Dallas Market Center has announced that Loloi, a leading Dallas-based rug and textile manufacturer, will open a stand-alone showroom in advance of January Total Home & Gift Market (January 17-23, 2018). The new Loloi showroom will be located on the fifth floor of the World Trade Center among many other leading home décor showrooms. Loloi joins the more than 50 new or expanding showrooms opening in Dallas for January Total Home & Gift Market. Loloi, still represented at Dallas Market Center by In-Detail, is taking an adjacent showroom in WTC 506. The nearly 10,000 square foot showroom will give them the unique opportunity to showcase the full breadth of their stylish product line. The showroom will be staffed by a special Loloi team to work with buyers and help educate and guide them in their selections “Loloi is excited to have a year-round home at Dallas Market Center. With the new showroom’s size, we’re now able to show buyers our entire rug line along with our pillow and throw categories,” said Amir Loloi, President of Loloi Rugs. “Additionally, we’ll have areas dedicated to our licensed collections and a great selection of one-of-a-kind rugs. We can’t wait for January.” Buyers will have the convenience of seeing the full assortment of products, including comprehensive licensed collections with ED Ellen DeGeneres, the Loloi x Justina Blakeney collection, and Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines. These collaborative partnerships bring over 50 collections to the Market, each with its own unique style, offering an expansive selection for retailers to choose from. In addition to the increased amount of inventory in the showroom, there will be a section for one-of-a-kind rugs from India, Turkey, and other countries never before seen at this level in their Dallas showroom. Amir Loloi and his team travel overseas to personally hand select these specialty rugs, and work to develop new and innovative product for the collection. “Loloi has long been a destination for buyers in Dallas but this expansion allows buyers to discover even more unique products and on-trend pieces from this leading company,” said Cindy Morris, Dallas Market Center president and CEO. “Their customer service, welcoming environment, and vast product selection will make their showroom a sought-after destination.” Dallas Market Center is located in the strongest economic zone in the U.S., and its open-daily marketplace serves loyal retail buyers and interior designers from across the U.S. and internationally who seek a wide range of products from leading manufacturers and emerging companies. To make plans for upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center App. Keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and the DMC Daily...

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Market Naviation App To Debut At AmericasMart Atlanta

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Turn-by-turn navigation via mobile phone will be available starting January 1, 2018 only at AmericasMart® Atlanta. With this newest investment in the future, all attendees at Market and on a daily basis will be able to find their line or showroom of choice quickly and efficiently. AmericasMart’s new network infrastructure provides high-performance Wi-Fi access and the all-new navigational services across its 7.1 million square foot campus. Powered by the Aruba Mobile First Platform, the new network enables faster, more secure sales transactions and improved user engagement within the AmericasMart mobile app. Aruba is a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. “As a leading global trading exchange and the premier U.S. destination for product sourcing across the home, gift and apparel spectrum, we want to ensure that our exhibitors and attendees have a superior on-site experience,” said Kimberly Rometo, AmericasMart vice president of Digital and Information Systems. “That demands the consistent enabling of fast, reliable and secure connectivity and a great mobile experience across our venue.” The new network employs the Meridian location services platform and Aruba Beacons to enable accurate blue-dot navigation and turn-by-turn directions within the existing AmericasMart mobile app. With the Aruba location services solution in place, the enhanced AmericasMart app will save attendees and exhibitors time by providing the most direct and efficient routes through the market centerFor exhibitors, the new network enables more secure and reliable sales transactions and access to their networks, while attendees can quickly and easily connect to the network with a single service set identifier (SSID). “With our new Aruba network, we can finally provide the mobile business experience that we’ve envisioned,” Rometo adds. “AmericasMart is one of our largest location services installation to date,” said Ozer Dondurmacioglu, general manager for Aruba’s Meridian Location Services Group. “We’re excited to see the kinds of productivity benefits AmericasMart can realize with their deployment and the new mobile experience their exhibitors and attendees will now be able to access with AmericasMart’s location services-enabled...

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Furniture of America Expands Vegas Showroom

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Las Vegas Market announced today that long-term tenant Furniture of America is expanding its showroom space by 250% and planning a major unveiling of the new 70,000-square-foot-location during the Winter 2018 Las Vegas Market, January 28-February 1, 2018. “Las Vegas Market is continuing to attract the top talent in the furniture industry, as leading firms demonstrate their commitment to business expansion with major showroom expansions,” said Ryan Mahoney, Senior Vice President of Furniture Leasing, International Market Centers. “Furniture of America is building upon the tremendous growth the company has achieved through Las Vegas Market over the past few years with its significant expansion on B11. As the leading furniture market in the western United States and the nation’s fastest growing gift and home décor market, Las Vegas Market is proud to partner with growth-oriented, forward- thinking firms like Furniture of America to fulfill business growth objectives.” Furniture of America Senior VP of Marketing Rocky Young said the new space will allow the U.S-based company to showcase its full line of promotional to mid-priced furniture, including living room, dining room, bedroom, upholstery, bedding, youth and outdoor furniture as well as accent and lighting. “Furniture of America’s business has exploded with high double-digit growth every year and at times, overwhelming product demand,” Young said. “The planned showroom expansion is one of a number of adjustments we have been making to keep up with our ever growing customer needs. This past Summer Market, our Las Vegas showroom had its highest foot traffic ever. With our fast U.S. and international businesses growth, we feel that our new 70,000-square-foot space— more than double our previous 28,000-square-foot location — will allow us to better serve both existing and new customers with a larger and better selection of products and further build upon our long and successful partnership with Las Vegas Market.” The expansion gives Furniture of America one of the largest spaces on the World Market Center Las Vegas campus. The company is planning a gala opening for the new showroom at Winter Market, with details to be announced in the coming weeks. Las Vegas Market is the largest furniture market in the western United States, with over 4 million square feet and 2,000+ furniture lines presented on 32 showroom floors, along with nearly 200 temporary exhibitors showcasing home furnishings on B2 and in The Pavilions at LasVegas Market. In addition to key furniture categories, the Las Vegas Market is recognized as THE nation’s bedding market, with the top 14 producers represented, and as a growing resource for casual/outdoor furniture following its 2015 launch of two new, dedicated floors for the category. Key furniture categories presented at Las Vegas Market are: case goods, dining, upholstery, motion, leather, juvenile and casual/outdoor. Las Vegas Market is the nation’s fastest growing gift and home décor market and the leading furniture marketplace in the western U.S., presenting 4,000+ gift, home décor and furniture resources in an unrivaled market destination. Las Vegas Market features thousands of gift, furniture and home décor lines, allowing for cross-category commerce among these industries. The Winter 2018 Las Vegas Market runs January 28 to February 1, 2018. For more information, visit...

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Creative Co-Op Opens Expanded Showroom In Atlanta

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Creative Co-Op is reimagining the showroom buying experience in a spectacular 28,000-square-foot AmericasMart space that will set the bar for new product resources with inspirational presentations, new categories and a dedicated events space for networking, educational programming and celebrating the retail community. Set to open in January 2018, the new showroom on Building 2, Floor 10 is the largest Creative Co-Op showroom nationally and internationally. “AmericasMart and Creative Co-Op are partners in innovation,” says Garry Schermann, senior vice president of Sales. “From inception, we have worked together to create a market experience that is memorable, inspirational and sustaining. What we will achieve in a space literally created to accommodate the Creative Co-Op business model is limited only by our collective imagination,” Schermann adds. “Creative Co-Op is set to push the limits of the Market buying experience,” notes David Savula, AmericasMart executive vice president of Leasing. “We can’t wait to see how far they will go in an imaginatively conceived space that is absolutely unique in the trade mart community,” Savula adds. Creative Co-Op is using the space to launch new lines and expand its product categories. Buyers visiting the showroom will find a new children’s collection and a new clothing line, Embellish, that not only features the celebrated Creative Co-Op attention to detail, but also helps to educate and empower women through the donation of a portion of its proceeds to charity. Buyers will also find improvements like a new point-of-sale scanning software that further supports Creative Co-Op representatives as they work alongside their retail clients in selecting the items that will help them grow their businesses. The addition of the Creative Commons space lets Creative Co-Op take the mood of the showroom into a public space and create a new experience for buyers who will enjoy a relaxing space with skyline views, cocktails and hospitality throughout the week of Market. “Retailers who want to see the next big thing are coming to AmericasMart. They are the specialist in their neighborhood and love what they do,” says Tamra Bryant, senior vice president of Product Development. “Our mission is to present them with unique, well-priced trends showcased in an inspirational space.” The new Creative Co-Op showroom is incorporated into The Gardens on Building 2, Floor 10. It opens at the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market, January 9-16, 2018. For more about the market, visit...

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Capel’s New Licensed Line Wows At High Point

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Capel Rugs’ new line of licensed rugs created in partnership with famed designer Anthony Baratta drew rave reviews from retailers and designers at the Oct. 14-18 High Point Market. “Everyone loved this new line and the spirit it conveys,” said Cameron Capel, vice president of national accounts for Capel Rugs. “Because many of the designs have a nautical or resort theme, the line was particularly well received by customers who are located near the coast, but it also did well with retailers in the Midwest and cities like Chicago and Denver.” The new Anthony Baratta line is one of the most comprehensive launches Capel has ever made in terms of the range of constructions and price points that are represented. The line includes two collections of hand tufted designs in wool and viscose; an indoor/outdoor collection of five loop pile designs in olefin; a collection of two easy-care plaid designs a collection of two easy-care plaid designs made of eco-friendly, green product from reconditioned fibers, appropriate for indoor or outdoor use and reversible for twice the life span; two braided collections — one in wool and the other in polypropylene; and an additional braided collection in polypropylene with loop hook centers. All of the designs feature Baratta’s signature mix of Americana-inspired themes in a bold, bright palette. “Retailers loved the clever combinations of materials, colors and textures in these designs that Tony has created,” said Capel. She added that the new line will begin shipping to stores in January of 2018. Baratta was available for a meet-and-greet session with retailers during a kickoff party for the new collection held on Sunday, Oct. 15 in the Capel showroom. The event marked the final toast for Capel Rugs’ 100th anniversary, which the company has been celebrating throughout the...

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Home And Gift Industries Create Disaster Relief Program

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The U.S. gift and home furnishings industry is responding to the essential needs of people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the California wildfires with LIFELINE, a national program to fund food and water provisions organized by Gift For Life and AmericasMart® Atlanta. Contributions will be distributed to people in need through and in association with Feeding America®, the nation’s largest hunger-relief charity. Gift For Life is the partnership between the gift, home and stationery industries historically committed   to raising funds supporting HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and education.   AmericasMart Atlanta is   the global wholesale marketplace serving gift and home furnishings retailers and designers from     every U.S. state and more than 70 nations. LIFELINE will channel monetary donations for the provision of food and water to communities impacted by the recent disasters through Feeding America member food banks. Donors can make tax-deductible credit card and e-check contributions via the secured LIFELINE page on Feeding America website Donations by check and cash will not be accepted. All associated with the gift and home furnishings industry—including retailers, retail buying groups, product manufacturers, product designers, sales organizations and service providers—are eligible to participate and encouraged to contribute. AmericasMart Atlanta has initiated LIFELINE funding with a $40,000 donation and has issued a challenge to the gift and home furnishings community at large for donations in equal $40,000 increments. The challenge is effective October 23, 2017 through the 12-week LIFELINE run, which concludes January 12, 2018. “LIFELINE engages the gift and home furnishings industry in a vital outreach mission unprecedented in scope,” notes George Kacic, Gift For Life board chairman and AmericasMart Atlanta executive vice president. “LIFELINE allows us to stay true to Gift For Life’s historical mission – HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, education and advocacy – while also focusing the industry’s collective capacity to deliver immediate assistance to those whose lives are affected,” Kacic adds. The LIFELINE donations page at the Feeding America website is live now at For more information and to access a LIFELINE Q & A resource guide, email...

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IMC Organizes Hurricane Relief Efforts

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International Market Centers announced that it will coordinate product donations and other humanitarian efforts by exhibitors in High Point Market, which runs through Wednesday, and Las Vegas Market, January 28-February 1, 2018. “International Market Centers prides itself on being a ‘global good citizen,’ and we are delighted to mobilize our resources to help communities in need,” said Robert Maricich, chief executive officer, IMC. “Whether the needs stem from natural disasters like the hurricanes in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico, or from tragedies like the recent shootings in Las Vegas, IMC is proud to facilitate logistics for exhibitor product donations, heighten awareness for exhibitor- sponsored initiatives and demonstrate support for communities in crisis.” IMC has set up locations in both High Point and Las Vegas to facilitate product donations for relief efforts in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico. In High Point, product donations can be delivered after October 19 to IHFC Main 905; and in Las Vegas, product donations will be accepted November 1 through January 25 in showroom A416. Donations received at IMC will be transported to impacted areas and distributed through appropriate locally-based assistance organizations. Donations directed to Houston will be shared between Houston Furniture Bank ( and Dwell with Dignity ( Dwell with Dignity donations are part of an initiative by CODARUS, a leading multi-line furniture, bedding, lighting, art and accessories national sales organization with showrooms in High Point and Las Vegas, to charter a Houston-based Dwell with Dignity chapter that will design and furnish 10 to 15 apartments in the Houston area. IMC is identifying appropriate aid-providing partnership organizations for relief efforts in Florida and Puerto Rico, and specifics will be announced in the near future. Dwell with Dignity partners with the local design community to create complete home interiors for families who desperately need an environment that will support health and wellness. These turnkey homes include apartment-scaled furniture, art, bedding, linens, kitchen supplies, food in the pantry and their first night’s meal. The Houston Furniture Bank is helping 70 families a day as they rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The most immediate needs are mattresses (primarily queen and full mattress sets and metal bed frames,) small sofas and loveseats, small kitchen tables and chairs, dressers. Companies wishing to donate directly to the Houston Furniture Bank may contact Oli Mohammed at 832-863-1996, or In addition to this emergency crisis response effort, IMC also has ongoing partnerships with both the American Cancer Society and A Simple Gesture food collection agency. For the last 13 years, volunteers from the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop at Smith Mountain Lake ( have used High Point Market samples to raise funds for cancer research and patient programs across the South Atlantic region. To arrange a pickup or for more information, contact Dee Kropf, market acquisition coordinator, (540) 814-8145 or IMC also has an ongoing food collection partnership with A Simple Gesture (, which supports food banks and pantries in Guilford County, including the Greensboro and High Point areas. Throughout the year, IMC and its employees donate food to A Simple Gesture, and during Market, donors can deliver non-perishable food items to a collection box located in IHFC Main...

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